The Moro doctrine

Justice Minister Sergio Moro issued a decree establishing hard-line rules for the deportation of foreign citizens in Brazil.
Justice Minister Sergio Moro. Photo: Shutterstock

Justice Minister Sergio Moro has issued a decree that could easily place him among the world’s hardliners on immigration. The new rules, published in the government’s Federal Register on Friday, brings in much tougher rules on foreign nationals who are suspected of crimes—including the possibility of summary deportation, with a suspect’s defense having only 48 hours to plead a case.

The decree refers to “suspects,” meaning that only a formal accusation is necessary for the government to be allowed to summarily deport someone. All it takes is an ongoing investigation into the person (in Brazil or abroad), or for there...

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